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Six Nail Art Ideas to Give Your Fingers a Little Pizzazz

Nicole Couch

Happy Memorial Day, and happy summer! As the hottest and most invigorating season kicks off, fashion really comes alive with bright, bold colors and festive prints. Why not add a little pizzazz to one more small but mighty part of your look: your nails! Solid colors are sweet and simple, but here are six ideas to try this summer to give your busy fingers a little boost.

1. Picasso Faces

Let these oh-so-glam gals take your imagination to another place—maybe Pablo Picasso’s hometown of Barcelona? Stick with this chic black & white duo, or spice it up with some brighter shades.  Tip: Try using a nail art pen for manageable lines.  (Art & photo by Hang Nguyen, @thehangedit)

Let these oh-so-glam gals take your imagination to another place—maybe Pablo Picasso’s hometown of Barcelona? Stick with this chic black & white duo, or spice it up with some brighter shades.

Tip: Try using a nail art pen for manageable lines.

(Art & photo by Hang Nguyen, @thehangedit)

2. Groovy Flowers

Bring some vintage flare into your look with these 60s & 70s-inspired flower motifs! Use any solid color as a base (clear looks great) and have fun with colors and designs.  Tip: Let each layer dry  completely  before moving onto the next!

Bring some vintage flare into your look with these 60s & 70s-inspired flower motifs! Use any solid color as a base (clear looks great) and have fun with colors and designs.

Tip: Let each layer dry completely before moving onto the next!

3. Real Flowers

Carry teeny pieces of nature with you wherever you go and use real flowers! Place petals of dried flowers over a dewy coat of clear polish in a design that suits you, and simply add another coat of clear overtop to polish everything off.  Tip: While some flowers may be too big to use, take smaller petals and fragments of flowers to create a floral shape and design.

Carry teeny pieces of nature with you wherever you go and use real flowers! Place petals of dried flowers over a dewy coat of clear polish in a design that suits you, and simply add another coat of clear overtop to polish everything off.

Tip: While some flowers may be too big to use, take smaller petals and fragments of flowers to create a floral shape and design.

4. Geometric Free Draw

For a playful and dashing look, start with a base color of your choosing and have fun with some lines and shapes. There are no rules to this look! Use your favorite colored nail art pens or fine-tip brushes and let your imagination free.  Tip: Use tape or flat edges to get straight lines. Trace a sequin, paperclip end, or anything else small and round for circular shapes and lines!

For a playful and dashing look, start with a base color of your choosing and have fun with some lines and shapes. There are no rules to this look! Use your favorite colored nail art pens or fine-tip brushes and let your imagination free.

Tip: Use tape or flat edges to get straight lines. Trace a sequin, paperclip end, or anything else small and round for circular shapes and lines!

5. Glitter Galore

While glitter-based nail polishes are easy and fun, try your hand at designing your own glittery look. Using a nail tool, pen, or any other pointed utensil laying around, add star (or other shaped) sequins to a still-sticky coat of nail polish. Cover with a layer of clear polish for shine and a solid hold.  Tip: Place the sequins all around the nail, or try just one at the top center of the nail for a minimal and chic look!

While glitter-based nail polishes are easy and fun, try your hand at designing your own glittery look. Using a nail tool, pen, or any other pointed utensil laying around, add star (or other shaped) sequins to a still-sticky coat of nail polish. Cover with a layer of clear polish for shine and a solid hold.

Tip: Place the sequins all around the nail, or try just one at the top center of the nail for a minimal and chic look!

6. Dainty Diagonals

Put a twist on a standard coat of nail polish and create diagonal lines! Place a piece of tape diagonally across each fingernail (Scotch tape works just fine) and paint with any color right over top! Start with either a clear coat as a base, or use a second color for a fun two-toned look. This design is so summer in such a simple way!  Tip: Wait extra, extra long for each coat to dry over the tape before peeling it off. Removing it too early will result in jagged lines. Clean-cut is everything for this look!  Tip 2: Create the diagonal lines anywhere on your nails! A line lower down could give a modern spin to a classic French manicure.

Put a twist on a standard coat of nail polish and create diagonal lines! Place a piece of tape diagonally across each fingernail (Scotch tape works just fine) and paint with any color right over top! Start with either a clear coat as a base, or use a second color for a fun two-toned look. This design is so summer in such a simple way!

Tip: Wait extra, extra long for each coat to dry over the tape before peeling it off. Removing it too early will result in jagged lines. Clean-cut is everything for this look!

Tip 2: Create the diagonal lines anywhere on your nails! A line lower down could give a modern spin to a classic French manicure.

8 Healthy Summer Salad Recipes

Nicole Couch

Here is a collection of 8 tasty salad recipes you should try this summer!

 

1.) BLT Balsamic Chicken Avocado & Feta Salad

https://cafedelites.com/2016/07/26/blt-balsamic-chicken-avocado-feta-salad/

https://cafedelites.com/2016/07/26/blt-balsamic-chicken-avocado-feta-salad/

 

 

2.) Mexican Chicken & Rice Salad

http://www.jocooks.com/salads/mexican-chicken-and-rice-salad/

http://www.jocooks.com/salads/mexican-chicken-and-rice-salad/

 

 

3.) Southwest Tortellini Pasta Salad

http://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/southwest-tortellini-pasta-salad/

http://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/southwest-tortellini-pasta-salad/

 

 

4.) Berry Orange Spinach Salad with Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette

https://www.yayforfood.com/recipes/berry-orange-spinach-salad-citrus-balsamic-vinaigrette

https://www.yayforfood.com/recipes/berry-orange-spinach-salad-citrus-balsamic-vinaigrette

 

 

5.) Grilled Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

http://www.saltandlavender.com/grilled-summer-vegetable-pasta-salad/

http://www.saltandlavender.com/grilled-summer-vegetable-pasta-salad/

 

 

6.) Easy Almond Apple Quinoa Salad

http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/easy-almond-apple-quinoa-salad/

http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/easy-almond-apple-quinoa-salad/

 

 

7.) Asian Sesame Chicken Salad

http://littlespicejar.com/asian-sesame-chicken-salad/

http://littlespicejar.com/asian-sesame-chicken-salad/

 

 

8.) Chipotle Chicken Salad with Honey Lime Mango Dressing

http://carlsbadcravings.com/chipotle-chicken-salad-recipe/#

http://carlsbadcravings.com/chipotle-chicken-salad-recipe/#

10 Hairstyles to try this Summer 2017

Nicole Couch

Here are 10 trendy hairstyles you should try this summer!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJt1I-UjjBS/ @colorbyashley

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJt1I-UjjBS/ @colorbyashley

1.) Balayage

Who hasn't heard of Balayage. This hair trend is all over the internet from Instagram to Pinterest. Some celebs rocking this 'do include Halle Berry, Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ciara. 

Ombré OUT, Balayage IN.

 

 

http://www.boredpanda.com/holographic-hair-trend-2017/?media_id=770174&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=cutepolish

http://www.boredpanda.com/holographic-hair-trend-2017/?media_id=770174&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=cutepolish

2.) Holographic Hair

As the unicorn and mermaid craze rages on, it was only a matter of time before rainbow hair took center stage. And so now the question is, why have boring hair when you can dye it to look like cotton candy?

 

 

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3.) Big Braids

Braids are always a summer favorite. They keep the hair out of your face while also looking super cute and sporty! Whether you try them in pigtails, one braid to the side or as a braided crown make sure to get creative with this hot summer hair-do.

 

 

http://weheartit.com/entry/173460444/explore?context_user=MariaLouz

http://weheartit.com/entry/173460444/explore?context_user=MariaLouz

4.) Accent Braids

While on the topic of braids, why not throw in a couple small accent braids to spice up your hairstyles this summer?

90's throwback? Maybe...but this hot trend was recently spotted on the runways of Roberto Cavalli & Missoni, not to mention all over Coachella. 

 

 

https://therighthairstyles.com/15-perfectly-imperfect-messy-hairstyles-for-all-lengths/6/

https://therighthairstyles.com/15-perfectly-imperfect-messy-hairstyles-for-all-lengths/6/

5.) The Tousled Bob

Summer's hot! But this haircut is hotter. If you're tired of dealing with your long mane in the summer heat than definitely go for this chopped look.

Need inspiration? Some celebs who recently took scissors to their luscious locks include Vanessa Hudgens, Lucy Hale, Julianne Hough, Lily Collins and Emma Watson.

 

 

http://thefashionaholic.com/100-best-hairstyles-2017/

http://thefashionaholic.com/100-best-hairstyles-2017/

6.) The Top Knot

This look has been around since last summer and I have a feeling it's not going anywhere anytime soon. It's casual, it's cute, but most importantly it's easy to do! It's basically the half-up/half-down hairstyle reinvented.

 

 

http://stylesart.com/best-pixie-cut-2017-2018/

http://stylesart.com/best-pixie-cut-2017-2018/

7.) The Modern Pixie

Pixie cuts aren't for everyone but if you're feeling a little adventurous, summer is the perfect time to test out one of these cuts. And just because it's called a Pixie doesn't mean you have to look like a fairy. Take some styling advice from celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, Scarlette Johansson & Rihanna.

 

 

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/397231629614766082/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/397231629614766082/

8.) LONGER Long Hair

For those who dread the thought of even getting their hair trimmed...this ones for you! Extra long hair is a thing this summer. And if you don't mind putting up with the length in the summer heat it's definitely do-able. You just might want to brush up on your braiding skills and stock up on the pony tail holders.

 

 

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/hair/g5665/best-rainbow-hair/

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/hair/g5665/best-rainbow-hair/

9.) Bold Color

People are reaching some pretty ambitious hair coloring goals these days. Whether they dye their hair entirely one bright color, make an ombré creation or add subtle pops here-and-there, this trend is all over the place. Some celebs spearheading this movement include Kylie Jenner, Kelly Osbourne, Ariana Grande, Katy Parry & Rihanna.

 

 

http://www.caraloren.com/2016/04/pumpin-with-puma.html?m=1

http://www.caraloren.com/2016/04/pumpin-with-puma.html?m=1

10.) Pigtail Buns

Pigtails are no longer just for little girls. These fun buns are perfect to get your sweat on, go to music festivals or just hang out! Unsure about it? Try using only the top layer of your hair or putting the pigtails into braids first. Pinterest has tons of cute ways to pull of this look.

 

 

 

Good luck and we wish you many Great Hair Days in the summer of 2017!

Weekend Getaways: Pittsburgh Edition

Nicole Couch

Now that you're all packed, it's time to check out some of the most popular weekend getaways from Pittsburgh. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and lock the door! The beautiful summer weather is finally here, and I'm here to share some great places to cover your weekends. 

 

1. Ohiopyle State Park 

Ohiopyle is filled with some of nature's best beauty. Ohiopyle is a center for any adventurer as there are mountain bike trails, water slides, hiking trails, waterways, and even rock climbing! You couldn't possibly fit this all into one day though, so why not spend a night camping? Covering almost 80 miles in length, Ohiopyle is on our summers "To-Do" list. 

                             One of Ohiopyle's falls, image courtesy of google images.      2. McConnells Mills State Park   This is another summer "must do," because of their gorgeous summer trails. Perfect for any hiker, these trails provide not only a great workout but also an amazing view. Spend a weekend away checking a glimpse of some of the best creations in nature.    

                             One of Ohiopyle's falls, image courtesy of google images. 

 

2. McConnells Mills State Park 

This is another summer "must do," because of their gorgeous summer trails. Perfect for any hiker, these trails provide not only a great workout but also an amazing view. Spend a weekend away checking a glimpse of some of the best creations in nature. 

 

Just one of many trails that McConnells Mills features, image courtesy of google images,     3. Moraine State Park   This park is a perfect one to spend the day or weekend with family and friends. Bike, hike, and boat here, Moraine offers a fantastic view of the water. There are even a couple beaches right by the water that are perfect for tanning & a cookout!      

Just one of many trails that McConnells Mills features, image courtesy of google images,

 

3. Moraine State Park

This park is a perfect one to spend the day or weekend with family and friends. Bike, hike, and boat here, Moraine offers a fantastic view of the water. There are even a couple beaches right by the water that are perfect for tanning & a cookout! 

   

Moraine State Park on a gorgeous summer day, image courtesy of google images.      So unplug and destress for a weekend and spend a couple of days in nature. With these three places, you'll be able to getaway without having to go too far. Happy exploring! 

Moraine State Park on a gorgeous summer day, image courtesy of google images. 

 

So unplug and destress for a weekend and spend a couple of days in nature. With these three places, you'll be able to getaway without having to go too far. Happy exploring! 

Summer 2016: How to Travel and Pack like a Pro

Nicole Couch

As we start the summer off, I’m sure many of us are planning a weekend away from our jobs and our everyday hectic lives. Whether you might be planning a vacation across the country or a place a couple of hours away, we can probably all agree that packing might be one of the hardest parts of traveling. I had an amazing opportunity to travel all around Europe last semester, and since the summer holidays are upon us, here are a couple tips on how to travel stylishly and comfortably. 

Photo taken by Maggie McGouldrick in Dungarvan, Ireland.   1. Pack a pair of flats   
  
 
  
     
  
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     A cute pair of flats is one of the best ways to travel and be comfortable and chic. If you’re flying to your summer destination, they are perfect for going through security while carrying your bags and personal items. Stick to neutral colors such as tan, black, and brown to match almost anything in your wardrobe. 

Photo taken by Maggie McGouldrick in Dungarvan, Ireland.

1. Pack a pair of flats

A cute pair of flats is one of the best ways to travel and be comfortable and chic. If you’re flying to your summer destination, they are perfect for going through security while carrying your bags and personal items. Stick to neutral colors such as tan, black, and brown to match almost anything in your wardrobe. 

Ballet flats that are perfect for mixing and matching, Image courtesy of google search engine.    2. Embrace "Athleisure"      
  
 
  
    
  
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  Athleisure is currently one trend that is dominating the house of fashion. Fashion forward pieces in Jersey, Lycra, and Cotton/Poly blends will keep you comfortable and well ready for a plane ride. Many celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Taylor Swift, and Vanessa Hudgens are strutting this style this summer.

Ballet flats that are perfect for mixing and matching, Image courtesy of google search engine. 

2. Embrace "Athleisure" 

Athleisure is currently one trend that is dominating the house of fashion. Fashion forward pieces in Jersey, Lycra, and Cotton/Poly blends will keep you comfortable and well ready for a plane ride. Many celebrities such as Nicole Richie, Taylor Swift, and Vanessa Hudgens are strutting this style this summer.

Vanessa Hudgens sporting "Athleisure", courtesy of google images.    3. Be Bold and Brave   
  
 
  
     
  
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     While packing light will help you save room for souvenirs on the way home, be sure to pack at least a couple of statement necklaces or scarves to update your look. These are perfect to pair with a t-shirt, cardigan, and a pair of jeans! 

Vanessa Hudgens sporting "Athleisure", courtesy of google images. 

3. Be Bold and Brave

While packing light will help you save room for souvenirs on the way home, be sure to pack at least a couple of statement necklaces or scarves to update your look. These are perfect to pair with a t-shirt, cardigan, and a pair of jeans! 

As seen on the runway in New York Fashion Week, this statement necklace is from J.Crew. Photo credits to Elle.com.   So what are you waiting for? Pack up your bags and head out for a fashionable vacation! Stay tuned to the blog for more of our favorite fashion trends and summer must-haves! 

As seen on the runway in New York Fashion Week, this statement necklace is from J.Crew. Photo credits to Elle.com. 

So what are you waiting for? Pack up your bags and head out for a fashionable vacation! Stay tuned to the blog for more of our favorite fashion trends and summer must-haves!